The Eye

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Editor’s note: This review of V/H/S/2 originally ran during this year’s Sundance Film Festival where it was going under the title S-VHS. We’re re-running it now as the film hits VOD and a limited theatrical roll-out this Friday. Reactions were understandably mixed to last year’s horror anthology film V/H/S, but there was enough of a positive response to encourage the team to move forward on a new incarnation. No, it’s not time for Laserdisc yet (maybe next year), but in its place we have the forgotten future of video tape…  S-VHS. In addition to changing out most of the writers/directors from the first film (only Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard remain) they’ve also, wisely, shortened the experience by sticking to four shorts (plus wraparound) instead of five. This time the “story” that brings the shorts together involves a pair of inept private eyes investigating the disappearance of a college student. They break into his ratty house and decide their investigation would be best served watching the unlabeled videotapes strewn about the living room. The four stories that follow are a mixed bag quality-wise, but thankfully there are none as bad as the “dumbasses in the woods” segment from the first movie. The concept remains that everything we see was filmed entirely on personal cams to give a POV sensation. If they do share a theme with each other it’s more laughs/fewer scares — which I gotta say is kind of odd for a so-called horror movie.

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Shutter

If you’re a fan of Americanized Asian horror films, you will find more of the same with Shutter.

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Miley Cyrus beats out Jessica Alba, Carmen Electra and Eva Longoria Parker at the box office.

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I’m getting really tired of remakes of Japanese horror movies. Fortunately, The Eye comes from Hong Kong.

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With both hosts back in the studios, it is time to get this thing back up and running…

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This week’s movies look absolutely frightening — frightening to watch and frightening to predict.

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This week’s Movie Poster Frenzy goes out to Jessica Alba — creepy eyes and all.

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